'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
8/20/2019 0 Comments
Welcome back, my friends.
Now that you have had the time to review the posts on 'the Fruit of the Holy Spirit', and 'Spiritual Disciplines', let's continue today, August 20, 2019 and Thursday, August 22, 2019, in our series - 'Spiritual Gifts'.
[For those who are just joining our little Bible Study Community here on-line, see 'On 'Spiritual Gifts', Bi-monthly Tuesday/Thursday Series, Post - Preface, July 23, 2019, here in the Welcome Room'.]
Continuing Post 1, August 6, 2019; Post 2-AM/PM, August 8, 2019; Post 3-AM/PM, August 20, 2019; Post 4, August 22, 2019.]
Other Spiritual Gifts
Besides 'ministry' and 'manifestations' gifts, as we have previously studied in this series since [July 23, 2019], the Bible also identifies 'motivation' gifts. Let's learn about them in detail, as we continue our studies through these posts.
A. Knowing and finding for action - Your Motivational Gift.
These should be of particular interest to everyone, since each of us has been given at least one. Oddly enough, it’s not always obvious to us what our unique gift is. Perhaps the Lord enjoys playing Hide and Seek more than we might imagine! Here’s a clue: usually you will find them “hidden in plain sight,” since people often live out of their gift before they catch on to what it is. Intrigued? See if you can spot your own.
'Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:
if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
if service, in our serving;
the one who teaches, in his teaching;
the one who exhorts, in his exhortation;
the one who contributes, in generosity;
the one who leads, with zeal;
the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.'
[Romans 12:6-8 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
These seven gifts are called 'motivational' gifts because they provide the inner focus that inspires us to get into the work of serving humanity in our own particular way. We have an 'inner drive' or 'motivation' that causes us to notice certain areas of need in the church or the world and then keeps us looking for ways of meeting that need. All of this happens to match our gift so “naturally” that we may never stop to question or examine it. We might wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone feel this way?” and be genuinely surprised that they don’t. These gifts may be said to be 'supernaturally natural'. Said another way, '13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act on behalf of His good pleasure.' [Philippians 2:13] Further, 'it is God 'who gives us the desires of our heart'. [Psalm 34:9-10audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
Having one of these gifts doesn’t mean that we are going to be great at it automatically. They have to be cultivated like anything else in life. And they won’t work very well if we aren’t in balance with the Lord (more on that later). Nevertheless, the sense of 'inner compelling' is so 'persistent' and 'consistent'; so intimately tied into our own desires that it practically guarantees that we will develop real skills to go along with the gift. If we don’t, it won’t be for lack of effort, since the gift keeps pointing us at the same target over and over again. This inner motivation is nothing less than God at work within us “for his good pleasure.”
I remember even as a little girl, it bothered me to the seventh heaven when I saw someone unjustly treated. Then, when the Lord revealed to me at the age of 6 years, two weeks before my seventh birthday, [August 12, 1956]. that I would 'one day stand in the so-called halls of justice and re-present Him'; the 'wise men and women' in my Mother's circle was able to pray and get discernment in answer to their prayers that one day God would call me, and that I would have a career in the legal field. They focused my education towards that goal and guided me throughout my childhood to prepare for this 'call' on my life. This was 'the bend of my life. [Proverbs 22:6] And of course, I accomplished it, and God's Word came to pass. [Proverbs 22:6 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html] ]
Because of the length of the 'content', let's return this afternoon to further our discussion. Until then, thank you for returning. Amen. Amen.
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